In Before The Flood, a documentary which will be aired on National Geographic channel on October 31, actor Leonardo DiCaprio will convey an important message to the world. In it, DiCaprio hopes to tell the people of the world that climate change is a very real threat to millions of people around the world, and that governments and the public should act now to avoid the worst impacts.
In the film, DiCaprio travels to five continents, meeting the victims of climate change, world leaders, activists and scientists, exploring solutions to the looming danger. It took the crew two and half years to make the film. They, along with DiCaprio, visited places such as Indonesia, where rain-forests are being destroyed in order to create palm oil farms to satisfy demand by American food manufacturers, and Miami, where flooding is now a regular occurrence. The film also visits the Arctic, where it witnesses polar ice melting.
As part of their tour, the team also visited India, where DiCaprio meets activists who give him a first-hand account of how the country is handling climate change.
On October 3, DiCaprio presented Before The Flood to the White House in a special screening. The film will feature as a special presentation in the 60th BFI London Film Festival on Saturday, October 15.
DiCaprio, an active climate-change crusader, was designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2014. Last year, when he won his first Academy Award in February, he used his acceptance speech to address climate change. “Climate change is real. It is happening right now,” he said. “It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”